Sunday, December 19, 2004

The Power of Blogs Part 3

OK, so I built this blog almost a week ago but how will anyone know to visit it?

As with a web site, I have to believe content is the most important thing to consider in getting people to continue to read a blog; so I'll attempt to increase the popularity of this blog by trying to including things that will be of interest others (as well as myself).

However, I can have the worlds greatest content but if no one knows about my blog who will read it?

I tried some of the tactics used in basic website promotion; getting links from other sites.

I placed a link on the AALBC.com homepage: http://aalbc.com. That page gets a lot of traffic over, 20K views a month. That should help a great deal in promoting this Blog.

I also solicited the URLs of other bloggers on one of my discussion boards http://www.thumperscorner.com/discus/messages/1/2015.html?1102995376 I was emailed a few blogs which I’ll include in my next newsletter (http://aalbc.com/current.htm). I’ll solicit the URL of more blogs in the newsletter and continue promoting other Bloggers. Hopefully those Blogger will return the favor and mention this blog on their own Blogs.

I’ll also be able to track the popularity and relative interest in Blogs, by seeing how many people click on the blog related links. While Blogs are an increasingly popular topic of discussion on the net; it seems to me most people are unaware of the capabilities of Blogs; but I‘ll see for myself. Besides my other goal is to educate people about blogs.

I also decided to see if there was such a thing as a directory of Blogs; where I could list this Blog. I did not find any of specific interest to me, but I found a couple of Blog directories that may be of interest to others.

A couple of blog directories I found include:

African American Blogs, Black Blogs, African Blogs Blogs written by those of African descent.
A project designed to offer a convenient list of blogs for those looking for blogs written by those of African descent.
http://sisterstalk.com/blackblogs/links.php

Hip Hop Blogs
A group weblog that covers hip-hop music and culture. Email Me if you're interested in writing with us.
http://www.hiphop-blogs.com/hiphop/2004/07/where_are_the_b.html

I found the, slick looking, Blog, of a friend Lynn d. Johnson (http://www.lynnedjohnson.com/diary) on this directory. I even left her a message and included a link back here. Maybe she visit and or spread the word about this Blog.


In a couple of weeks I’ll check my web statistics to see if how this Blog is doing in terms of traffic. I’ll report my findings after the first of the year; probably in Late January. The period between Christmas and New Years is the slowest period of the year for web traffic (at least for me). However things really pick up after the first of the year with February always being a record month.

Peace,
Troy

14 Comments:

At 3:51 PM , Blogger YvetteP said...

Great idea for a blog. You might also try Technorati dot com for more promotion as well as effective search features to track what topics and books bloggers are posting about. All the best with your blog!

 
At 5:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

still don't know what a "blog" is????????????????

 
At 2:02 PM , Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Hey, Troy. One of the best ways to organically drive traffic to your blog is through content. At least 2/5 of my traffic comes from Google (and other search engines) searches linking into something I wrote. Helps if your blog is somewhat focused on a theme, unlike my mine which is kind of random!

Welcome to the blogosphere!

 
At 2:04 PM , Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

I should add that REGULARLY UPDATED content is very important, too, as it's what brings people back to your blog.

 
At 12:44 PM , Blogger AALBC.com said...

Guy you are right about posting comments. The more I look at blogging the more difficulty I have distigushing if from maintaining a web site.

All of the things that you do to make a blog popular are the same that you have to do to make a web site popular.

Anonymous, you can think of a Blog as a personal web site.

 
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